I was browsing for staples online for my pantries (since I finally have some slightly disposable income, I felt it was a good time to stock up) and adjusting my renewed subscription to Thrive Market (love their organic stuff, it brings out my experimental side). I don’t know how, but somehow I saw an ad or link to one of the markets that sells the veggies or fruits that are too oddly sized or “ugly” for the typical grocery store. I’d heard this existed, but totally forgot about it, and thought that might be something I could or should do to start getting seasonal fruits and veggies.
And also, how much of a savings? I’ve got a bit how it works, but how much food and what can you do? I mean, it’s just me and the pets. I don’t need to feed a family of four (though, I am trying to get my hands on a chest freezer to put on my porch in the next few weeks, so perhaps the surplus could go in there… gotta do some deck re-staining and sanding first before I put a heavy-ass appliance on it). I love the idea of helping to curb food waste and use up what would otherwise get thrown out because of “ugliness” or surplus, but it wouldn’t do much good to just have ME ending up throwing it all away.
I wouldn’t mind doing this for a few months at least. I really need to learn more about proper gardening and harvesting (and practice some more) before I’d be comfortable considering myself self-sufficient enough. Probably a year or two before I’d feel more certain of my growing skills (and I DEFINITELY need better protection against pests that won’t leave a bunch of chemical junk all over my produce–gah!).
Lots to learn in the next few years, and not worrying about basic food supply would be fantastic. I’m just wondering if sites like Misfit Market for the ugly veggies would be really worth it. I’ve heard of farmer co-ops or whatever they’re called that you can get a box of stuff from once a month, but there isn’t much grown around here for people food and it wouldn’t last but a few months. A year-round possibility, though? Heck yeah, I’d want that.
And the idea of cooking things and eating things in season just sounds so good.
Anybody tried one of these services before, and how was your experience? Was it worth it (or is it even now)?